Shockingly Smart Horror Movies You Must Watch Now!

Shockingly Smart Horror Movies You Must Watch Now!

Here is a handful of horror movies that can be analyzed heavily for hidden secrets or easter eggs and multiple meanings to the movies’ ending. We intentionally included films from different subgenres to provide a little something for everyone no matter if you a hardcore horror fan or an occasional horror movie watcher.

Smart Horror Movies List

  1. Shutter Island (2010)

  2. The Ninth Gate (1999)

    • The Ninth Gate
    • The Ninth Gate (1999)

      Synopsis: A rare book dealer, while seeking out the last two copies of a demon text, gets drawn into a conspiracy with supernatural overtones.
      Cast: Johnny Depp, Frank Langella, Jack Taylor, Emmanuelle Seigner, Emanuel Booz, Joe Sheridan, Lena Olin, Diane Hawkins, Barbara Jefford, Jane Bradbury
      Directors: Roman Polanski
      Genres: Thriller, Mystery
  3. Angel Heart (1987)

    • Angel Heart
    • Angel Heart (1987)

      Synopsis: Harry Angel is a private investigator. He is hired by a man who calls himself Louis Cyphre to track down a singer called Johnny Favorite. But the investigation takes an unexpected and somber turn.
      Cast: Pruitt Taylor Vince, Judith Drake, Robert De Niro, Stocker Fontelieu, Mickey Rourke, Michael Higgins, Dontez Hood, George Buck, Murray Bandel, Deacon John Moore
      Directors: Alan Parker
      Genres: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
  4. The Others (2001)

    • The Others
    • The Others (2001)

      AKA(s): The Darkness
      Synopsis: A woman who lives in a darkened old house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that her family home is haunted.
      Cast: Nicole Kidman, Fionnula Flanagan, Christopher Eccleston, Elaine Cassidy, Eric Sykes, Renée Asherson, Gordon Reid, Keith Allen, Michelle Fairley, Alexander Vince
      Directors: Alejandro Amenábar
      Genres: Horror, Thriller, Fantasy, Mystery
  5. American Psycho (2000)

    • American Psycho
    • American Psycho (2000)

      Synopsis: A wealthy New York investment banking executive hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies.
      Cast: Joseph Oliveira, Willem Dafoe, Reese Witherspoon, Chloë Sevigny, Christian Bale, Bill Sage, Matt Ross, Mark Pawson, Jared Leto, Bryan Renfro
      Directors: Mary Harron
      Genres: Drama, Crime
  6. The Vanishing (1988)

    • The Vanishing
    • Spoorloos (1988)

      Synopsis: Rex and Saskia, a young couple in love, are on vacation. They stop at a busy service station and Saskia is abducted. After three years and no sign of Saskia, Rex begins receiving letters from the abductor.
      Cast: Roger Souza, M. Martinez, Caroline Appéré, François Guizerix, Pierre Forget, Reinier Verhoef, Didier Rousset, Raphaëline Goupilleau, Robert Lucibello, David Bayle
      Directors: George Sluizer
      Genres: Thriller, Mystery, Crime
  7. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

  8. Session 9 (2001)

    • Session 9
    • Session 9 (2001)

      Synopsis: Tensions rise within an asbestos cleaning crew as they work in an abandoned mental hospital with a horrific past that seems to be coming back.
      Cast: Larry Fessenden, Josh Lucas, Brendan Sexton III, Paul Guilfoyle, Stephen Gevedon, Lonnie Farmer, Sean Daly, Peter Mullan, David Caruso, Charley Broderick
      Directors: Brad Anderson
      Genres: Horror, Mystery
  9. Candyman (1992)

    • Candyman
    • Candyman (1992)

      AKA(s): Clive Barker's Candyman
      Synopsis: The Candyman, a murderous soul with a hook for a hand, is accidentally summoned to reality by a skeptic grad student researching the monster's myth.
      Cast: Tony Todd, Ted Raimi, Virginia Madsen, Xander Berkeley, Baxter Harris, Michael Laren, Rusty Schwimmer, Eric Edwards, Kasi Lemmons, Vanessa Williams
      Directors: Bernard Rose
      Genres: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
  10. Suspiria (1977)

    • Suspiria
    • Suspiria (1977)

      AKA(s): Dario Argento's Suspiria
      Synopsis: A newcomer to a fancy ballet academy gradually comes to realize that the school is a front for something far more sinister and supernatural amidst a series of grisly murders.
      Cast: Udo Kier, Rudolf Schündler, Dario Argento, Jessica Harper, Barbara Magnolfi, Cristina Latini, Susanna Javicoli, Alfredo Raino, Eva Axén, Claudia Zaccari
      Directors: Dario Argento
      Genres: Horror, Mystery
  11. Saw (2004)

  12. The Wicker Man (1973)

    • The Wickerman
    • The Wicker Man (1973)

      Synopsis: A police sergeant is sent to a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl whom the townsfolk claim never existed. Stranger still are the rites that take place there.
      Cast: Christopher Lee, John Hallam, Jennifer Martin, Roy Boyd, Aubrey Morris, Britt Ekland, Penny Cluer, Elizabeth Sinclair, Kevin Collins, Michael John Cole
      Directors: Robin Hardy
      Genres: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
  13. The Changling (1980)

    • The Changeling
    • The Changeling (1980)

      AKA(s): House on Chessman Park
      Synopsis: A man staying at a secluded historical mansion finds himself being haunted by the presence of a spectre.
      Cast: J. Kenneth Campbell, Terence Kelly, George C. Scott, Giancarlo Esposito, Antonia Rey, Erick Vinther, Roberta Maxwell, Janne Mortil, Wayne McLaughlin, Anna Hagan
      Directors: Peter Medak
      Genres: Horror
  14. Let the Right One In (2008)

    • Let the Right One In
    • Låt den rätte komma in (2008)

      AKA(s): Let the Right One In
      Synopsis: Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl.
      Cast: Libby Brien, Philip Hersh, Adam Stone, Peter Carlberg, Mikael Rahm, Linus Hanner, Karl-Robert Lindgren, Tom Ljungman, Anders T. Peedu, Fredrik Ramel
      Directors: Tomas Alfredson
      Genres: Horror, Drama, Romance
  15. Jacobs Ladder (1990)

    • Jacob
    • Jacob's Ladder (1990)

      Synopsis: Mourning his dead child, a haunted Vietnam War veteran attempts to discover his past while suffering from a severe case of dissociation. To do so, he must decipher reality and life from his own dreams, delusion, and perception of death.
      Cast: Pruitt Taylor Vince, Ving Rhames, Christopher John Fields, Bryan Larkin, Jaime Perry, John Capodice, Becky Ann Baker, Matt Craven, Patricia Kalember, Jan Saint
      Directors: Adrian Lyne
      Genres: Horror, Drama, Mystery
  16. Se7en (1995)

  17. The Shining (1980)

    • The Shining
    • The Shining (1980)

      Synopsis: A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.
      Cast: Jack Nicholson, Barry Dennen, Burnell Tucker, David Baxt, Manning Redwood, Joe Turkel, Derek Lyons, Chris Parsons, Scatman Crothers, Barry Nelson
      Directors: Stanley Kubrick
      Genres: Horror, Drama

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